Carnival of Kitsch rescues the fine fabrics and luxury leather goods of the past and refashions them into stylish practical accessories for the present. From concept through design each piece is hand made and repurposed from vintage leather garments, belts, curtains, upholstery, cushion covers, tablecloths and other forgotten articles of everyday life.
A former Torontonian now living in Port Colborne, Kathryn Smythe is a crafts person creating old fashioned new things. From her 1934 toaster to her 1962 Ford Galaxie hot rod she revels in the workmanship and ethos of days gone by. She has adopted from this earlier time a commitment to craft and integrity as she brings her unique sense of style, pattern, design and value to each found material. Smythe revives fabrics and leather goods from the 1940's to the 1980's and creates beautiful modern accessories. Thirty years of craft based industry experience in Toronto, a lifetime of sewing and her obsession for vintage items come together culminating in her unique vision.